Greece finish in third place in Athens
Play in the Davis Cup’s Europe Group III wrapped up, with Greece defeating Latvia 2-1 to come in third place out of eight teams.
Despite both teams having already secured promotion to Group II for 2020, Greece and Latvia still played with their strongest lineups. In the opening singles match, world number 462 Michail Pervolarakis of Greece faced world number 539 Robert Strombachs of Latvia.
The Greek almost let a 4-0 first set lead slip, but was ultimately able to close it out 6-4. In the second set, Pervolarakis won four consecutive games from 2-4 down to win the set 6-4 and give Greece a 1-0 lead overall.
In the second singles match, world number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas played against world number 485 Martins Podzus of Latvia. The Latvian surprisingly took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Tsitsipas came back to win it 6-4. He would also go on to win the second set by the same score, clinching the victory and a third place finish for Greece.
Podzus and Strombachs returned to action for the doubles match, as they took on Greece’s Markos Kalovelonis and Petros Tsitsipas. The Latvians prevailed 6-4 6-0.
Poland, Estonia, Greece, and Latvia have all been promoted to Group II for next year’s competition. On the other hand, FYROM and Montenegro have now been relegated from Group III to Group IV.
GREECE 2, LATVIA 1:
Michail Pervolarakis (Greece) def. Robert Strombachs (Latvia) 6-4 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) def. Martins Podzus (Latvia) 6-4 6-4
Podzus/Strombachs (Latvia) def. Kalovelonis/P.Tsitsipas (Greece) 6-4 6-0